RIGA - Following the changes in Riga's waste management system at end-May, waste has been piling up at some houses where the tenants have not signed new waste management contracts, but in general the new waste collection removal system is working well, said the Riga City Council's Housing and Environment Department.
A new waste management system in Riga came into force on May 20, which is why Riga residents and companies had to conclude new waste management contracts.
Although the Riga City Council's Housing and Environment Department and waste management companies were urging residents to sign new contracts in good time, some residents and companies put it off until the last minute, as a result waste collection has been suspended at some buildings in the city.
"Overall, the first week since the new system came into force has gone relatively well, services are provided on a continuous basis and without significant disruptions," the municipality said.
As reported, Evija Pinke from the Riga City Council's Housing and Environment Department told a press conference last week that 74 percent of Rigans had concluded new waste management contracts, while another 6 percent to 8 percent of contracts were still being processed as of May 20.
According to thew new waste management system, Riga is divided into four zones, where waste collection services are provided by companies Clean R, Eco Baltia vide, and Lautus Vide partnership between Lautus and Pilsetvides Serviss companies.
Clean R provides municipal waste collection services in Riga Central District and Latgale District, where the waste collection tariff is EUR 16.14 per cubic meter, including value added tax, and in Kurzeme Disrict where the company charges EUR 16.43 EUR per cubic meter.
Eco Baltia Vide provides waste collection services in Vidzeme and Ziemelu districts, where the waste collection tariff is EUR 16.53. Meanwhile, Lautus Vide operates in Zemgale District, where the waste collection tariff has been set at EUR 12.12 per cubic meter.